Atomic tourism

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– Atomic tourism sites:
– Visitors learn about Atomic Age history.
– Sites include nuclear test reactors, museums, and nuclear power plants.
– Examples are the Nevada Test Site and Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
– The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
China planned a tourist destination at its first atomic test site.

– Atomic accidents:
– Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear accident.
– Three Mile Island and Windscale fire were significant accidents.
– Chernobyl’s exclusion zone is accessible to tourists.
– Three Mile Island Visitor Center educates the public.
– Windscale fire released radioactive contamination.

– Literary and cinematic works:
– The novel “O-Zone” by Paul Theroux involves post-nuclear disaster tourism.

– References:
– Various sources like books and articles discuss atomic tourism.

– External links:
– Wikimedia Commons has related media on atomic tourism.

Atomic tourism (Wikipedia)

Atomic tourism or nuclear tourism is a recent form of tourism in which visitors learn about the Atomic Age by traveling to significant sites in atomic history such as nuclear test reactors, museums with nuclear weapon artifacts, delivery vehicles, sites where atomic weapons were detonated, and nuclear power plants.

Tourists at ground zero, Trinity site.

In the United States, the Center for Land Use Interpretation has conducted tours of the Nevada Test Site, Trinity Site, Hanford Site, and other historical atomic age sites, to explore the cultural significance of these Cold War nuclear zones. The book Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America describes the purpose of this tourism as "windows into the American psyche, landmarks that manifest the rich ambiguities of the nation's cultural history." A Bureau of Atomic Tourism was proposed by American photographer Richard Misrach and writer Myriam Weisang Misrach in 1990.

Visitors to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone often visit the nearby deserted city of Pripyat. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), which survived the destruction of Hiroshima, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the center of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.Bikini Atoll was at one time the site of a diving tourism initiative. As of 2012, China planned to build a tourist destination at its first atomic test site, the Malan Base at Lop Nur in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

During the early atomic age when fission was viewed as a sign of progress and modernity, the city of Las Vegas and its Chamber of Commerce nicknamed Vegas as the "Atomic City" in the mid-1940s and early 1950s in an attempt to attract tourists. So called "bomb viewing parties" took place on desert hilltops, or more famously at the panoramic Sky Room at the Desert Inn, and casinos held Miss Atomic pageants while serving Atomic Cocktails.

Several nuclear power plants offer tours of the facilities or provide education at visitor centers.

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